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Friday, 18 December 2015 11:03

Companion Planting

Companion Plants:
What To Grow With Tomatoes

Information & companion planting guide provided by: http://www.tomatodirt.com

You've heard of companion plants, but what are they?  Well, they are plants that work well together. Pairing them provides a benefit to one or both. At the same time, some plants should be kept apart. (Hmm... sounds a lot like people.)

What kinds of benefits can companion plants offer tomatoes?

When chosen carefully, companion plants can:

  • deter pests and diseases
  • improve tomato health
  • improve tomato flavor
  • act as “good neighbors”

There are several plants that are considered excellent companions for tomatoes. Tomatoes also return the favor for other plants in your garden.

And there are also some “tomato enemies” that you will want to steer clear from your tomato zone. Check out this great guide to read about the best and worst plants for tomatoes.

pdfBest & Worst Companion Plants For Tomatoes


Published in Organic Gardening
Tuesday, 30 July 2019 13:43

Early Blight in Tomatoes

Lets learn about how to manage and treat Early Blight!

Identifying Early Blight in Tomatoes

Early Blight is a fungal infection that is very common in Salt Lake. If caught early, this fungal disease need not be fatal to your tomato plant.   Be on the lookout now for brown “bullseye” rings with yellow halos on the lower leaves of your plant, as the disease starts at the bottom of the plant and travels upward.  We’ve seen Early Blight at the Grateful Tomato Garden, Green Team Farm, gardens of our WCG staff, as well as some of our community gardens.    Here are some photos of what Early Blight looks like on a tomato leaf:

EB on Tomato Leaves

EB on Leaves

Treatment of Early Blight

All affected foliage should be pruned off with sanitized pruners and thrown in the trash.   Re-sanitize pruners after pruning each affected plant.   Carefully dispose of any infected foliage that’s fallen on the ground under the plant.   

Consider applying copper soap fungicide (certified for use in organic gardening) and be sure to follow all label instructions.  You will need the product as well as a spray bottle to apply it correctly.  Below, see photos of two options that are available locally. 

This fungal disease may reappear on your plants next year, so be prepared to treat your plants early with copper soap fungicide, or with another organic fungicide as long as the label states that the product is effective against Early Blight (Alternaria).   

Avoid planting tomatoes in the same spot each year if at all possible.  Planting only healthy, vigorous seedlings into properly-amended soil, minimizes stress on the plant through proper cultivation and fertilization techniques and can reduce the instance of early blight.   

We teach all of these methods in our tomato, soil and fertilization workshops! Be sure to check out the full listing here.

Copper Soap Fungicide

Published in Organic Gardening